People want to tell their story, interpret their times, write and act with beauty and truth… before their peers, both on and off the stage. Itinerant Theatre (IT) wants to make that possible. IT’s mission is to produce and perform affordable, professional theatrical works for artistically underserved audiences.
IT builds on its Board members’ collective experience of presenting, producing, directing, acting and writing for the theatre and other performing arts, all on a shoestring budget.
IT looks forward to collaborating with other performing arts where possible.
The 2021 season
IT continues to face extraordinary challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic, as well as infrastructure challenges brought on by Hurricanes Laura and Delta, an historic freeze and a historic flood (all in 2020), has forced IT to mothball productions for the time being. Our Studio 339 is under an extensive renovation and will not be accessible for a year; the contents of our Studio are in cold storage. Please watch our blog for updates.
The 2019-20 season
IT’s successful Fall 2019 event, “Louisiana Women: Life Inspired”, Carolyn Woosley stage read two of her 13 Louisiana Women, “Caroline” (Dormon), the first woman in forestry in the USA and “Elizebeth”(Thomas Werlein) who led the effort to save New Orlean’s French Quarter from demolition. She prefaced each reading with dramaturg’s notes on “the world of” each woman.
The December 2019 holiday event, Seasonal Inspirations, had a full house The cast of five celebrated the origins of the winter celebrations and read three original short works by Alana Jennings, Kathy Heath and Tasha Guidry. Tony James and Joy Pace, Director, rounded out the cast. The room joined in singing Christmas carols and enjoyed wassail and cookies.
In January 2020 IT sponsored a large fundraiser Spotlight on Zydeco featuring Rusty Metoyer and the Zydeco Krush. The fun evening of dance and choices of music — Zydeco, pop, Cajun, swing — was held at The Foundation House, downtown Lake Charles.
For IT’s fifth New Play Series: The Play’s the Thing 2020 the theme was “Life Inspired”. The selection of 26 10-minute and short plays from 900 submissions nationwide and internationally were listed in this website’s April 5, 2020 blog and on IT’s Facebook page. The production of these 26 staged readings is still TBA 18 months later. Please watch our blog for updates.
Itinerant Theatre, in its exploration of new plays and the modern classics, continues to cultivate and showcase the talents of young and old in front of, and behind, the curtain.